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Increased Transhipments Predicted

"The increased demand for point-to-point service requires the use of transshipment hubs to coordinate feeder services to and from countries and ports with low-volume throughput," said Mike Lee, Consultant, Transportation & Logistics, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan. He added that there has been a universal shift from transporting bulk or loose goods to transportation by containers due to the benefits offered by containerization such as safety, cost, speed, and convenience. "This is expected to drive growth in the container ports market in the short to medium term, especially from India where the level of containerization remains low," Lee said. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan Strategic Insights on Asia Pacific Container Ports Market, finds that the Asia Pacific container ports handled over 264 million TEUs in 2008 and estimates this to reach 378 million TEU in 2015. However, Lee said that the total container throughput in Asia Pacific is likely to decline approximately eight to 12 percent in 2009 due to the economic crisis. "Intervention by governments in Asia Pacific and increased consumers' confidence are likely to cushion the impact," he added. Lee also said that the increased focus to tackle terrorism after the September 11 attack led to new initiatives to prevent the threat before it happens


Hong Kong Receive BMT Maritime Strategic Study

Hong Kong Port: Photo BMT

BMT Asia Pacific (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, says it has completed a major strategic study - “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Position as an International Maritime Centre (IMC)”, undertaken on behalf of the Hong Kong Transport and Housing Bureau. The study aims to plot a development roadmap and strategy that will enable Hong Kong to remain a successful IMC in an increasingly competitive region. BMT explains that it conducted the IMC study utilising extensive industry


TT Club Appoints Lewin as COO

TT Club, the transport and logistics industry's provider of insurance and related risk management services has appointed Colin Lewin as Chief Operating Officer, effective October 1, 2002. Lewin, currently Asia Pacific regional manager for TT Club, will take over the operational management of underwriting and claims in order to leave CEO Paul Neagle free to manage the strategic development of the business following its extensive planning initiative last year with Ernst and Young.


EMMF Strengthens Global Bunkering Team

EXXONMOBIL Marine Fuels (EMMF), a world leading supplier of marine fuels, has undertaken a strategic reorganisation and strengthening of its bunkering team worldwide with effect from January 1, 2004. Dan Bryce is to leave his post as EMMF Americas General Manager to become Adviser, LNG/PGS Business Planning and Support, ExxonMobil Gas and Power Marketing, based in Houston. Meanwhile, Joe Rud, currently EMMF Manager for


Tendeka Announces Two Key Promotions

Gillian King, SPE, vice president Asia Pacific region

Tendeka, the provider of completions and reservoir monitoring products and services to the upstream oil and gas industry, is delighted to announce the promotions of two key personnel. Gillian King, SPE, has been appointed vice president Asia Pacific region and Derren Simpson, SPE, has been appointed vice president Middle East and North Africa. Gillian joined Tendeka as senior sales engineer in January 2007. She then progressed to regional sales manager Europe before becoming area manager for


XL Group Grows in Asia

XL Group strengthened its Insurance Marine team with the appointment of Mike Davies as Chief Underwriting Officer, Marine, Asia Pacific and Ian Picton as Senior Upstream Underwriter.   Understanding the local industry and what is impacting it, is a key recruitment driver for XL Group. Explaining, Lee Meyrick, Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Marine and Offshore Energy, said: “Asia is an important market for our global clients and it plays a huge part in supply chain logistics


Star Positions Ship In Dubai

Malaysian cruise operator Star Cruises Plc has positioned a 100-passenger vessel in Dubai in efforts to cover West Asia, company officials said. "The coverage of West Asia reinforces Star as the leading cruise line in Asia-Pacific after having ships positioned in North, East and South East Asia," Star chairman K.T. Lim said. The MegaStar Capricorn will be positioned year-round in Dubai and will make 200 calls a year at the port


Austal Appoints Regional Service Manager

Austal has announced that Michael Little has joined Austal as Regional Service Manager - Asia. Based in Singapore, Mr. Little will be responsible for Austal’s support offering in Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines and for developing relationships in the broader region. Mr. Little has considerable experience in the Asia-Pacific ship repair industry and direct expertise supporting US Navy operations in the region


GL Academy Responds to Growing Asian Needs

Seminar on Damages to the Hull Structure: ST Marine participants with Mr Julio Guevara Quinteros (6th from left, back row).

GL Academy, the maritime training arm of classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has increased the number and scope of trainings which it delivers to meet the growing needs of Asia's maritime communities. The seminars, which have focussed on a broad range of topics, have taken place in many countries around the region including: Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and India. "2013 has been a very busy year for our training teams in Asia so far


BMT Completes Hong Kong Port Study

BMT completes Hong Kong Port Strategic Development Study‏

  BMT Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, is pleased to announce the completion of The Strategic Development Plan for Hong Kong Port 2030 (HKP2030) on behalf of the Hong Kong Government. The Study is a key element in guiding local port development policy and planning investment for the future. Following an in-depth review of the containerised cargo market in Hong Kong, BMT developed a plan to enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong’s port sector via a series of staged


CMA CGM profits up 43%

Photo: CMA CGM

 French container line operator CMA CGM has announced that its 2014 net consolidated profits rose by 43% over the previous year to USD584 million thanks to a growth in volume and significantly reduced costs.   Consolidated operating revenue for the company increased by 5


India, Japan Reaffirm Strong Maritime Ties

Indian Union Minister for Defence, Manohar Parrikar calling on the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, in Japan. Courtesy: Photo Division, PIB

 India and Japan have discussed a specialized 24-nation maritime construct to enable real-time sharing of data of all shipping including merchant and naval warships, operating in the Indian Ocean, parts of the Pacific Ocean and disputed waters of the South China Sea.  


Japan, U.S. Look to Expand Naval Cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to allow Tokyo to come to the aid of an ally under attack will pave the way for closer cooperation between U.S. and Japanese forces across Asia, a top U.S. commander said on Tuesday. Expanded training and joint missions could extend from Japan through


China's Artificial Islands in South China Sea Raises U.S. Concerns

Spratly Islands that have undergone significant construction or land reclamation work in the past year. Map by the Center for Strategic and International Studies

 China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the many disputed areas around the South China Sea. The unprecedented land reclamation currently being conducted by China is increasing tensions with the U.S. and its allies, according to Pacific Fleet Commander Harry Harris.  


CMR Opens New Korea Office

Brian Kim (Photo: CMR)

Aiming to boost its operations in the Asia-Pacific territory, control instrumentation and electrical engineering specialist CMR Group has invested in a new Korea office.   CMR Group Korea has opened in Busan under managing director Brian Kim who will be leading the company’s operation


Southeast Asian Shipbuilders Turn Bullish

Picture by Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding Association (KOSHIPA)

  Despite the issues surrounding over-tonnaging in the ship-building industry as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, more than 587 vessels are expected to be built in Southeast Asia in 2015.    According to a report by Robert Willmington of IHS Maritime


Inside The New US Maritime Strategy

Photo: United States Navy

  The US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have revised America's maritime strategy to add "all domain access" to its traditional sea-based defense functions, a Navy report says.    "This [all domain access] function assures appropriate freedom of action in any


WSS Serving Growing Asian Cruise Business

Photo: WSS

With Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas home-ported in Shanghai for 2015 and TUI Cruises launching its inaugural Asian season, eyes are on Asia’s expanding cruise market.    However, while Asia may be unexplored territory for many cruise owners and ships service suppliers


VSTEP Simulator for Ho Chi Minh Maritime College

Photo courtesy of VSTEP

A DNV Class A certified NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator was delivered and installed by VSTEP at the Ho Chi Minh City Maritime Vocational College in Vietnam.   The simulator delivered is a NAUTIS Class A Full Mission Bridge simulator with a 270° field of view through projection


AGCT Opens COSCO Service in Rijeka

Maiden call of COSCO’s Contship Eco at ICTSI’s Adriatic Gate Container Terminal.

  Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) container handling facility in the Port of Rijeka, Croatia, recently launched China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co.’s (COSCO), Adriatic–Greece–Turkey service (AGT) when


Rolls-Royce Gas Engines for FLNG Power Generation

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has secured a contract with Keppel Shipyard in Singapore to supply two all-gas engines for power generation on-board a Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV) owned by Golar LNG Ltd. The vessel Hilli was a former LNG carrier and is being converted to a FLNGV carrier.


Multinational Maritime Security Exercise in In Langkawi

Image: Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace

 Ten countries jointed together with its naval forces in Langkawi, Malaysia, to begin a two-day Multinational Maritime Security Exercise, says a report in Bernama.   A total of 19 naval vessels of various classes are being used by the forces of Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia


Maersk Predicts Container Traffic Demand Growth

Pic: Maersk Line

 As freight rates are expected to continue to decline due to oversupply, the container shipping demand is expected to grow 3-5% this year, according to Lars Mikael Jensen, chief executive of Asia Pacific region at Maersk Line.   He said supply growth as ships ordered several years ago


Legally China Can't Claim South China Sea: Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Photo:  The national association for Amateur Radio)

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo said China'a claims to the majority of the South China Sea have "no legal foundation in international law," he told Japan's Yomiuri newspaper.   "We need peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region


Ocean 3 launched at the AGCT, Rijeka

Ocean Three service

  China Shipping Container Line’s (CSCL) Xin Qin Huang Dao recently made its maiden call at the Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) container handling facility in the Port of Rijeka, Croatia






 
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